Women candidates air their agenda
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 10: Conveying deep concern over the menace of HIV/AIDS, Congress candidate in Langthabal Assembly Constituency Loitongbam Tilotama said Congress party would not differentiate between men and women or children in its efforts to contain the epidemic.

She said that effective measures would be taken to check transmission of the disease.

In the similar vein, NCP candidate in the same constituency Dr Naorem Rebika conveyed her strong commitment to help victims of the disease belonging to families below poverty line who could not afford treatment.

She also mooted a separate policy for HIV victims and people living with HIV/AIDS apart from suggesting that concerted awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS be carried out and ensure easy accessibility to preventive medicines.

This was disclosed during a special press meet with these women candidates of Langthabal A/C which will go to the polls in February 14 in the second phase.

On the continued imposition of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958, Tilotama denounced harassment and atrocities perpetrated against common people under the Act.

Moreover she expressed strong resentment against the torture and killing of former underground cadres/activists, who have returned to mainstream, by security forces in alarming frequency.

Reminding that withdrawal of the infamous AFSPA is one of the most prominent point included in the NCP manifesto, Dr Rebika pledged she would personally urged the senior party leaders to fulfil the commitment NCP gave to the people through its manifesto.

Manipur Pradesh Youth Congress president L Tilotama aged about 39 joined INC in 1986.She has strong desire to develop road networks in her constituency, particularly the Lilong-Samurou and Haoreibi routes.

She also has plan to develop Chandranadi river in case she is elected.

Most probably the youngest candidate of the 9th Assembly elections, Dr Rebika Naorem listed expanding of self-employment avenues to the educated youths of her constituency as her foremost priority.

It is pertinent to add that besides the two, fates of 12 female candidates would be decided by the State electorates.

Henglep AC also has two female candidates with former MP Kim Gangte contensting on CPI ticket and RJD nominating Tinkhonei Haokip.

Thoubal district had no female candidates in its 10 ACs.